The Great Central Line could re-open

The Great Central Line that was scrapped in the 1960s could be dusted off and put to work once again

Northampton is on a list of towns that could be reconnected to other parts of the country by a scheme to reopen railway lines axed in the 1960s.

A Government scheme set up to reopen stations and lines that were scrapped under the ‘Beeching’ cuts is building speed.

Now, one of the lines tipped to have made it to the final consultation is the ‘Great Central Railway’ – a decommissioned route connecting Northampton to Leicester .

The route would run virtually alongside the M1 and could see the creation of three new stations to call at in Rugby, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley.

It would then link up with the Birmingham to Leicester line near the existing Narborough station.

The idea was formally submitted in the latest round of applications, which closed on March 5.

It comes after the concept was outlined and promoted by the head of Sustainable Transport Northamptonshire Harry Burr – a 14-year-old from Banbury.

The £800m funding to bring back routes that were closed or became freight-only is the result of calls to reopen regional lines and move Britain towards a more sustainable transport network.

More than 5,000 miles of track and nearly 1,500 stations were closed between 1964 and 1970, following a report by British Railways chairman Dr Richard Beeching.